November 5, 1964

PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF DELEGATES TO PEACE KEEPING CONFERENCE

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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

May I take this opportunity of recognizing the presence in the galleries of 100 delegates from 23 countries, including Canada, who are attending the meeting of military experts to consider the technical aspects of the United Nations peace keeping operations. This important conference began on Monday, November 2, 1964 and will end tomorrow, Friday, November 6, 1964. It is a pleasure to have you with us.

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STANDING ORDERS


Third report of standing committee on standing orders-Mr. Asselin (Notre Dame de Grace).


AIRPORTS

PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL FACILITIES IN HEAVILY POPULATED AREAS

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John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, may I make a brief statement about assistance for airports in heavily populated areas. The federal government has for many years assumed full responsibility for capital expenditures in connection with main line and other airports required to support scheduled air services in Canada. It has also provided cost sharing grants to assist in the development of local airports, and outright grants for airstrips in remote areas.

For some time it has been apparent that the policy of grants to local and remote airstrips needed review because of changes in costs and in requirements, as well as changes in technology. The Department of Transport has had this whole matter under intensive review for some months, and I hope soon to be in a position to make a general statement.

Meanwhile, because of problems at certain airports in heavily populated areas which have substantial traffic although they are not served by scheduled air lines, action has already been taken to improve local airports by provision of additional facilities. This has

taken place with regard to Sherbrooke and Hamilton-Mount Hope-airports. The government has today decided to take steps at once to meet urgent situations at Sarnia; at the Niagara regional airport at St. Catharines, and at the Waterloo-Wellington airport by providing additional facilities at these air fields as well. Officials of the department will be getting in touch with local officials in the next few days.

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INQUIRIES RESPECTING TELEVISION INTERVIEW BY PRIME MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence for good reason of the Prime Minister I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs and ask whether his attention has been drawn to a television interview given by the Prime Minister in Hamilton last night. I ask, on the basis of that interview, is it to be concluded that the government has decided, even before the meeting of party leaders, on the imposition of closure on the flag committee report?

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Hon. Paul Marlin@Acting Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I did not have the pleasure of listening to the Prime Minister last night on television. If I had I am sure I would have derived at least equal pleasure with the right hon. Leader of the Opposition over the masterly exposition which the Prime Minister generally displays on such occasions. I would want to see the full text of his statement before making any comment. However, I am sure the right hon. gentleman would agree with me it is desirable in the national interest that our business should not be unduly protracted.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

So desirable is it that I ask the hon. gentleman, who is the greatest wholesale purveyor of the smooth speech in this house-soporific, sometimes-will he direct the attention of the Prime Minister to the fact that we would be only too happy to go ahead with those important matters of legislation which have been kept in abeyance as an excuse in order to have the flag debate concluded?

9778 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry

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Mr. Marlin@Essex Easi

I will certainly see that the question asked by the right hon. gentleman is conveyed to the Prime Minister, and I am glad he and I are now agreed it is in the national interest that there should be no undue delay in the despatch of the public business of this house.

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David Réal Caouette

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Real Caouelte (Villeneuve):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs a supplementary question.

At the same time and concerning the same game, could he determine if the leader of the official opposition really stated in Toronto, the day before yesterday-I think, while addressing the chamber of commerce -that the main function of a leader of the opposition was to oppose. The right hon. gentleman is reported to have repeated at least ten times: our role is to oppose and oppose and oppose, no matter which debate comes up, whether on the flag or some new legislation. Is it true that the Leader of the Opposition intends to oppose and keep on opposing, as he said in Toronto the night before last?

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Mr. Marlin@Essex Easl

I hope not, Mr. Speaker.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

It is a wonderful alliance between you and the Creditistes.

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Mr. T. S. Barnell@Comox-Alberni

supplementary question. May I ask whether the statement of the Prime Minister, to the effect that when the Secretary of State for External Affairs says "we shall take it under consideration it means it is not likely to happen", is to be taken at its face value?

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Gordon Minto Churchill (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

A further supplementary question-

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Mr. Marlin@Essex Easl

Before dealing with a new question may I just deal with that one. The Prime Minister has a great capacity for proper interpretation.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Oh, oh.

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November 5, 1964